As a newcomer to New Zealand, I noticed a sign in the arrivals hall at the airport saying Keep this Pristine Country Clean. How refreshing, I thought. How wonderful to be able to go to sleep dreaming of having moved to a clean and green country.
Next morning, I went out to explore the neighbourhood and came across Oakley Creek, just behind Unitec.
How delightful, I thought, a waterfall in the middle of the city, fantails, silvereyes and even a kingfisher flitting about.
But oh, what is all this rubbish in the bushes and in the creek?
What foamy grime is accumulating in the water?
How sad, how shocking, thought.
What would visitors to Auckland think, I wondered?
So I was delighted to read your article “ Pupils work at greening of Mt Roskill”, about the pupils taking an active interest in Oak-
I ley Creek, helping to clean it up, monitor it and plant it up where necessary.
They and their teacher are to be most highly commended for their efforts.
I very much hope that their project gets more fish and other native wildlife to colonise the creek.
I also hope that other pupils will follow their example and make sure that the ‘ living green arteries’ of this city will continue to thrive.
Thank you for publicising this positive story. LUCY NARAYANAN